A 66-year-old woman is clinging to life after a senseless attack.
The woman was hit with what’s believed to be a tire iron when she answered her front door around dinner time Sunday night.
The incident happened at a home on Pershing Drive near Decatur Boulevard and Alta Drive. So far, nobody is under arrest, even though the family thinks they know who did it.
Friends and family are flocking to University Medical Center after hearing what happened to Sue Heflin. The mother of five, grandmother of 12 never had a chance to protect herself.
Photos taken by her daughters show she is bloodied and broken. Now on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit, doctors say it’s touch and go.
“Her nose is shattered, her cheekbones are shattered,” said Rebecca Heflin, daughter.
“Her left eye had blood pouring out of it and is stitched shut,” said April Curran. “She may end up losing her left eye.”
The victim is in such bad shape, she’s not able to talk, so she can’t explain to detectives what happened. But that doesn’t mean the suspect is likely to get away. A neighbor saw a man running from the house holding a crowbar.
The family says the man who came to the door had just been released from prison. He was looking for one of Heflin’s relatives who’d been dating his girlfriend.
After answering the door, Heflin was struck across the face. She cracked her skull when she fell back on the tile floor.
“She couldn’t even defend herself,” Rebecca Heflin said. “She had no defensive wounds on her hands, or any other part of body, just her face, he just went straight for her face with a crowbar.”
Heflin regularly cares for her grandchildren and great-grand-children.
But the only ones home at the time of the attack were her husband, sleeping in the back of the house, and a nephew sleeping in another part of the house. The nephew says he heard screaming outside, and recognized the voice of girl he’d been dating.
“As bad as this was, we’re grateful that the kids weren’t there,” Rebecca Heflin said.
The family, not only wants justice, they want to get a dangerous man off the streets.
“If he would do this do our mom, an elderly 66-year-old woman, for no reason, who knows who he’s going to do it to next.”
While confirming the incident happened, Metro would only say they have several suspects. They wouldn’t release more information, since it’s “an on-going investigation.”